By Clay Horning
The Norman Transcript
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Norman North boys didn’t pitch a shutout Friday night, but their roll continued in earnest as the Timberwolves made it no less than four goals for a fourth straight game, knocking off McGuinness 5-2 Friday night at Clement E. Pribil Stadium.
“On that tight field the more you let a team hang around, the more energy they’re going to put out,” North coach Geo Claros said. “So, it was good that we scored the first 10 minutes of the game and kind of set the tone.”
Ashton Bray set up Jonathan Newton, giving North the lead for good 7 minutes into the game. Mauro Cichero followed with a free kick that found the net 16 minutes in and North made it a 3-0 halftime edge when Sage Moore, also assisted by Bray, found the net 3 minutes before the half.
Cichero followed with another free kick from almost the same distance as his first, about 25 yards, that gave him 10 goals in his last four games. That made it 4-1. Cichero then assisted on Thomas Graubenbaur’s first goal of the season at 50-minutes before the Irish added a final goal in the 73rd minute.
The victory was a continued sign of North’s growth throughout the season. The Irish, who were content to counter offensively, played four defenders and five in the midfield. Earlier in the season, the T-Wolves struggled to create opportunities against such a defensive posture.
“It allowed us to really work,” Claros said.
North worked well enough to get off 22 shots to McGuinness’ 5.
The T-Wolves (9-3, 6-0 District 6A-2) have wrapped up a district championship and will complete the regular season at home Tuesday night against Putnam City.
Norman High boys 7, Lawton Ike 0: The Tigers put five goals on the board in the first half on the way to an easy victory.
Paul Starr picked up NHS’ first two goals before Hayden Jones, Matt Hockett, Matt Tidwell, Milton Cruz and Thomas Grzybowski each added single tallies. Among those picking up assists was Tiger goalkeeper Andrew Arledge, who set up Tidwell in the game’s 34th minute.
NHS (11-1, 5-1 District 6A-1) has one regular-season game remaining, at home Tuesday night against Edmond Santa Fe. The Tigers and Wolves will be playing for the district’s second position and an opening round home playoff.
NHS girls get forfeit: The NHS girls (9-3, 5-1 District 6A-1) had it easy Friday, getting the night off but still receiving credit for a win over Eisenhower, which called ahead to explain it didn’t have enough players to field a team.
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